A fountain that burbles in a channel of warm-hued stones and a metallic sculpture that hangs on the fence are rugged yet elegant finishing touches for the compact backyard.
Rob D. Brodaman
THREE GREAT IDEAS FROM THIS GARDEN
Play with paving
Drees chose 18- by 18-inch tiles of Connecticut bluestone, which contain shades of cool blues and rust. To echo the pavers' warm tones, she edged the patio with a channel of apricot-hued cobbles.
To create privacy, the designer planted columnar trees around the garden's perimeter and trained vines to climb arbors and trellises. That leaves the center of the garden more open for outdoor living.
Keep the color scheme simple
A minimal plant palette that's primarily green with a few hits of color blurs the boundaries behind patio, pergola, and arbor, and provides a restful backdrop.